Ashley Penhale


Licensed in Alabama and Georgia

Phone: 334-834-1180

Fax: 334-834-3172

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  • B.S., summa cum laude, Troy University (2007)
  • J.D., cum laude, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law (2010)

Practice Areas

Associations & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Chair, Publicity Sub-Committee, Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Task Force
  • Member, Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Committee
  • Board of Directors, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter
  • Member, Chi Omega Alumnae, Montgomery Area Chapter
  • Board Member, Montgomery County Bar Association Women's Section
  • Junior Executive Board, American Cancer Society
  • Board of Directors, Advisory/Strategic Planning, Junior League of Montgomery 
  • Selection Committee, YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award
  • Ambassador, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Experience, Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class XIII
  • Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star, 2017, 2018
  • 2016 Pro Bono Exemplar, Alabama Access to Justice Commission
  • 2015 Thomas J. Methvin Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • 2015 Pro Bono Exemplars, Alabama State Bar
  • Walter J. Knabe Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • National Finalist, ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • National Quarter Finalist, ABA Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition
  • Huntingdon College Outstanding Greek Chapter Advisor, 2013-2014


  • Ex parte Wayne Farms LLC, 2016 WL 3031369 (Ala. May 27, 2016)
  • L.B. Whitfield, III Family LLC v. Virginia Ann Whitfield, et al., 2014 Ala. LEXIS 30 (February 28, 2014)
  • Holston v. Holston, 128 So.3d 736 (Ala.Civ.App. 2013)

Attorney Profile

Ashley was born and raised in Alabaster, Alabama where she graduated Salutatorian from Thompson High School. Ashley then attended Troy University, in Troy, where she graduated summa cum laude with a major in political science and a minor in journalism. While at Troy, Ashley was active in a number of social, service and academic organizations including the Student Government Association, Panhellenic Council, and Pre-law Society. Upon graduation from Troy, Ashley attended Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in May 2010. While in law school, Ashley arranged her academic experience around her interest in litigation, including membership on both a Moot Court Team and a Trial Advocacy Team. Ashley and her teammates competed against top law students from across the nation in a number of competitions. In 2009, Ashley and her teammates finished second at the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition out of one hundred eighty-seven teams. Likewise, Ashley and her teammates finished in the top eight teams at the American Bar Association's National Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition in January 2010. Ashley also gained valuable experience in the area of mediation while competing in the American Bar Association's Representation in Mediation Competition. Ashley looks forward to applying the knowledge and experience gained through these competitions to her law practice today and in the future. Ashley joined Copeland Franco as a law clerk in June of 2009 while still a student at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Upon graduation, and passing the Bar, Ashley joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in September 2010. Ashley is also an active member of the Hugh Maddox Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the American Bar Association as well as the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Chi Omega Montgomery Area Alumnae Chapter. Ashley currently resides in Montgomery and represents clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in courts across Alabama.


Recent news

Copeland Franco partners recognized in publications

Ashley Penhale named to 2017 Mid-South Rising Stars list

Ashley Penhale named partner

Ashley Penhale selected to 2017 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum

Ashley Penhale recognized for multiple pro bono awards

Ashley Penale recognized as 2015 Pro Bono Exemplars

Ashley Penhale recognized for her commitment to pro bono legal aide

Ashley Penhale elected to Montgomery County Bar Association Board of Directors

Ashley Penhale named a finalist for Montgomery County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer of the Year

Ashley Penhale recently spoke to students at Jones School of Law

John Henig and Ashley Penhale prevail on issue of first impression in domestic relations case

Bobby Segall and other Copeland Franco lawyers successfully defend high profile white collar case